Before taking on 26.2 miles across the city of Newport News on Sunday morning, runners enjoyed plenty of pasta Saturday night.
The annual Newport News One City Marathon Pasta Dinner was 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Boathouse Live in City Center. Boathouse Live is hosting the dinner for the first time this year. It typically takes place at the Marriott in City Center.
For Lee Craig of Newport News, the dinner was a way to connect with his marathon relay teammates as well as load up on carbohydrates to help him run the next morning.
"I wanted to get the pasta, get the carbs and have something for a longer distance run," Craig said. "I know if I don't eat well the night before my body will just shut down on me."
Newport News Mayor McKinley Price was the dinner's master of ceremonies. Before introducing a video highlighting One City Marathon sponsor Newport News Shipbuilding, he asked the large crowd "can you just feel the excitement in the air?" A vast majority of runners enthusiastically replied "yes."
Following the video, Kristian Hill of Riverside Health System — the sponsor of the pasta dinner — briefly mentioned an inspiring story of a former One City Marathon runner. He ended his speech by emphasizing that the marathon weekend is more "than just being a corporate partner" for the Newport News-based nonprofit healthcare organization.
Pasta dinner tickets were $17.50 per person and attendees enjoyed salad, two pasta dishes, vegetables, bread and dessert after the speakers finished.
One City Marathon
WHAT: Marathon, marathon relay, Maritime 8K race and Nautical Mile fun run.
WHEN: 7 a.m. start time Sunday for the marathon and marathon relay; 7:30 a.m. start for Maritime 8K; 10 a.m. start for the Nautical Mile.
WHERE: Marathon route starts at Newport News Park and heads south along Warwick Boulevard and through side neighborhoods, passes through Christopher Newport University, the Mariners' Museum Park, Hilton Village, Huntington Park and downtown, and ends at Victory Landing Park.
PARKING: More than 4,000 parking spaces reserved downtown. Check onecitymarathon.com for more information.
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